First let’s take a glimpse into history. Huck Dolls were the first company to start replicating snowboarders in miniature. They started off in 2001 and released a range of three snowboarders each honed out of a single chunk of bendable plastic. Unfortunately Huck Dolls appear to have been too early to hit the pro snowboarder collectables frenzy that we are experiencing today and they are no longer in business, but enough of the sad news let’s take a look at the lucky 3.
Powers got his face stuck on a doll coming off the back of his 2002 Olympic halfpipe gold.
I don’t know what they cost at the time but they are now going for just a buck a pop in a bargain bin near you.
|“Be the Doll” - Now that’s a tag line that would put anybody out of business.|
Tara Dakides was also preserved for eternity in the year when she won the X Games Big Air and was voted the Female Snowboarder of the year by both Transworld and Snowboarder Magazine.
|Lookilikyness – 2/10: She’s got arms like Bender from Futurama, hair like Shaun White and no face.|
Coming of the back of some of the most successful snowboard films of the day, JP Walker and his jibbing skills were also honoured in rubber.
|Lookilikyness – 9/10: Tricky to see because all we could find was this 2001-era internet sized photo, but despite all evidence to the contrary we’re sure this one was pretty much spot on.|
After the demise of Huck Dolls one of the next crews into the mix were FreestyleMax. They started in 2005 and pitched themselves as a snowboard instructing aid. It’s a jointed action figure, it’s available now and it’s yours for $32. They’ve got just one pro snowboarder homage on their books…
The Norwegian Burton team rider and 2012 US Open Slopestyle winner seems like an odd hook-up with an Australian doll brand, but hey ho.
Mikkel Bang and Playboard arn't alone in their appreciation of snowboard dolls, apparently the whole Norwegian race love them. Techrider started out from there in 2007 with these squidgy fellas which you can buy for $39.99, and straight away they got into the pro snowboarder mimicry act with their interpretation of…
The famous Norwegian snowboard doll fan.
|Lookilikyness – 6/10: Even though it’s just the bottom of his face it’s not convincing. Terje is however a dead ringer of what Mark Zuckerberg will look like in 10 years’ time.|
On the back of that success, and lacking any other Norwegian snowboarding legends to sign up, they then turned to another country that can't get enough of dolls and produced a…
And now there’s no stopping them, they’re just about to go mental and launch a range of likenesses including…
The Helgasons, Mads Jonsson, Romain de Marchi, JP Solberg, Kazuhro Kokuo and man of the hour Travis Rice...
The last of the big snowboarder action figure makers is Chuckbuddies. They’ve been quietly growing since 2004, first in the UK, then across Europe, and this year their hitting the US big time. Unlike the other action figures they not dolls, they’re designed to be able to snowboard themselves, like thus...
In 2012 they are releasing their first promodels for $30 a pop and here are the lucky guys...
Terje Haakonsen (he’s all over action figurines like flies on shit), Jamie Lynn, Scotty Lago, Mathieu Crepel, Eero Ettala, Peetu Piiroinen, Chas Guldemond, Torstein Horgmo, and snowboarding legends Regis Rolland and Terry Kidwell.
First up there’s this knitted number from a recent Shaun White convert. Apparently fluffy Shaun is in for a rough ride in the next few months as the maker has threatened that she “might have to perform surgery soon with a pipe cleaner…”
Here’s another Shaun fan-art doll. The image was left on this site two years ago with the following message, “SQUEE. For all those who love him, I finally made him~!” So far there have been no responses.
The next Shaun White fan has taken doll production and picture watermarks to a whole other level. Hark, the "OMG it's [sic] SHAUN WHITE! Project". A lady called MzDEMO, or Diane to her friends, was looking at turning this toy design into a business, but despite some frantic web-promotion it appears the idea will never see the light of day, Here’s what the world is missing…
|Lookilikyness – 6/10: The graphics are good, but the model looks like it was sculpted by Easter Islanders. Extra points for anticipating his recent foray into leggings.|
Finally there’s this paper craft Shaun White. Produced by designer Tougui for Huck Magazine, its downloadable here. Feel free to make yourself one.
Oh yeah, then there’s this.
Lookilikyness – 11/10: Seeing as we're doing the judging here.
As weird as that has all been here’s a little more before we go. Two more famous snowboarders captured in miniature for posterity…
The world’s most famous senowboarding dog gets his own plushdoll, a bargin at just $7.19
|Lookilikyness – 10/10: So cute, and you've got to respect a dog that snowboards wearing just a set of Speedos.|
Nope, never heard of her either but apparently she’s a famous porn actress who’shat better way for hopelessly single old men to celebrate this classy chick than through an undressable doll complete with an of context snowboard.
|Lookilikyness – ? Well I’m not going to check but if she looks anything like this I wouldn’t touch her with yours.|
Here's the line-up...
And here's who they are, but to be honest we didn't have a clue until we were told
|Kevin Jones, Todd Richards (who's caught here selling out to Chuckbuddies), Jim Rippey & Barrett Christy|